The current trade war between Canada and the US continues to inspire Canadians to boycott all U.S. products as a sign of protest. While several Canadians are vowing to strictly #BuyCanadian, some are content with buying any brand as long as it is not American.
Surprisingly enough, there are actually quite a few well-respected brands that are no longer U.S.-based, despite the common belief that they still are. Here’s a list of some of the most surprising American brands that are not American anymore, according to Cheatsheet:
- California-based American Apparel used to be known as a fully American brand. But after filing for bankruptcy protection in 2015, it had to sell itself to Canadian-based company Gildan Activewear, which bought it for $88 million.
Ben & Jerry’s
- The iconic ice cream brand was founded by two Americans back in 1978, but today, it is technically an English brand, as it was bought out by parent company Unilever for $326 million in 2000.
- Budweiser may seem like an American brand, but it’s actually not American at all. Its parent company, Anheuser-Busch Inbev, is based in Belgium.
- Entering the fast food scene in 1954, Burger King gained popularity across the U.S. However, today the company is privately owned by Restaurant Brands International in Canada, which is the same parent company that owns Tim Hortons.
- French’s may be the mustard of choice for many Americans, but the brand itself isn’t American. The company was owned by foreign bodies since 1926, with the English company Reckitt Benckiser as its current parent.
- Frigidaire is actually the result of the evolution of the first American refrigerator company called Guardian Frigerator Co. It was an American brand for a while until Swedish company AB Electrolux purchased it in 1986.
- Like Ben & Jerry’s, Hellman’s is owned by parent company Unilever, who also bought the brand in 2000.
- The popular pet food brand is owned by Nestle, which is Switzerland-based. In 2001, Nestle merged with Ralston Purina and has now known under the brand name Nestle Purina Petcare.
- Vaseline was purchased by England-based Unilever in 1987, but many people still confuse the brand to be one made in America.
- The classic convenience store 7-11 may seem all-American, but it is actually no longer owned by an American company. Seven & I Holdings, which is headquartered in Japan, is now its current parent.
For Cheatsheet’s full list, visit their article here.